In two months, I’ll start officially training for my third marathon, and I honestly can’t wait! After the amazing experience I had last year running the Richmond Marathon, I decided pretty quickly (like, halfway through the race) that I wanted to do it again. Here are a few reasons why I’m in love with this race, and am really looking forward to running it for the second year in a row:
The Pre-Race Logistics are easy & fun. The communication leading up to race weekend was very informative and really got me pumped up for the weekend! The expo was small but had a lot of great vendors. My favorite part of doing this race as an out-of-towner was the FREE course tours that were offered the day before the race. Not only did it keep me off my feet and give me a great preview of what I was in for the next day, but the tour guide has been coaching the training group for over a decade and gave great tips. It really helped on race day, since I didn’t get to train on the course at all!
The course is beautiful. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the course! I loved that the marathon course split off from the half marathoners right away, and the part of the course that was “separate” was scenic. I really enjoyed running down Monument Avenue, and then by the river, and it was at a part of the race where I had the energy to really appreciate the scenery. When we joined up with the half marathon course again, it was the later part of the race….when we really needed the crowds & energy!
The crowds are energetic. Speaking of the crowds, I was surprised at how many people were out along the course. I saw so many great signs, and there was great energy! It was clear to me that this is a race that the entire city embraces. Of course, I had my own cheer squad scattered along the course, which made it that much sweeter!
V-C-U. If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know that I completed my undergraduate degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. This means I got to see lots of friends, many of which I hadn’t seen in several years!! My roommate from college even ran the half as her first! I also just love that this race is now on VCU’s homecoming weekend, and that the course runs right through VCU! It was AWESOME to run through campus and to get cheered on by the students & the pep squad. I’m hoping this year that the Peppas make an appearance! (Can someone make that happen, please!?!)
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A post-race party with pizza and (good!) beer. I usually pass on the post-race beer since it’s a certain light beer that I can’t stand…but to have Sierra Nevada at the finish? And Papa John’s Pizza?! Oh my goodness….YES!!! The atmosphere was great, too. It was probably one of the few races that we hung around after to just celebrate our accomplishment!
A Saturday morning race means you have the rest of the weekend to celebrate! Richmond has a lot of great places to explore, and it’s nice to get the race out of the way so that you can really enjoy the weekend! I had some great food and got to meet up with friends and family the balance of the weekend. I’m already trying to figure out what places to go to in November!
SWAG. For the price of this race, I was really impressed with the swag. In addition to the standard t-shirt and medal, we also got a finishers hat and blanket. I am not lying when I say that I wore my hat pretty much every training run over the winter (I switch to visors when it gets warm out), and I use my blanket every night on my couch. I also got some merch at the expo and post-race that I use all the time!
Obviously, I’m really excited for this race. I am also SUPER EXCITED to announce that I will be one of the official bloggers for the Richmond Marathon!
What does this mean for the blog? Honestly, nothing much different than you saw last year…I’ll be blogging about my training each week and chronicling my journey to get #richmondready. I do have a special event I’m planning here in Atlanta along with the Richmond Marathon, so stay tuned for that!
I will officially start training the second week in July, and my focus between now and then will be base building and getting as strong as I can before it kicks off.
Also, if you’re interested in joining me, make sure you sign up soon to beat the price increase! Use referral code jessrunsatl to stay up to date on special events/promotions we are doing!
PSSSST – you can check out my training for last year’s marathon here.
Have you run the Richmond Marathon or Half Marathon before? Will you be running it this year? Let me know in the comments!